Rosemary Flower Tonic

Rosemary flower tonic

CURE-ALL: Take the flowers (of rosemary) and put them in a lynen clothe, and so boyle them in fayre cleane water to the halfe and cole (cool) it*, and drynke it for it is much worth against all evyls in the body.
A Lytel Herball, 1550

Rosemary *
Recipe Instructions: Decoction :

* This medieval remedy for rosemary tea is typical of the esteem they had for rosemary herb. It calls for a decoction of rosemary flowers, boiled in clean water until the liquid reduces by half. Strain, cool and drink to cure all. I hope my rosemary plant blooms this year so I can try this remedy, I have never seen rosemary flowers for sale.

Source: Alice Cooke Brown. Early "American Herb Recipes", (1966)

Tags and Uses for this Remedy

  • Archaic :Many early herbal remedies are culled from books in the public domain and continue to be of great interest to modern herbalists and others interested in the history and practice of botanical medicine. They are presented here for informational purposes only, and are not meant to be taken without the knowledge required to adapt them to modern herbal practices.
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